Posts tagged as Coronavirus crisis

Estonia: Rural affairs ministry drafting wide-scale farmer support package

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

As strawberry growers in Estonia are still awaiting a decision regarding loss compensation for their reduced yield this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce (EPKK) now says that in addition to strawberries, potatoes and livestock farming also suffered. Last week, representatives of the agricultural sector congregated at the Ministry of Rural Affairs after the ministry had put together a clearer view on how the…

Rīga remains most affordable of Baltic capitals for housing

Friday, September 18, 2020

Rīga has maintained and even strengthened its position as the most affordable of the Baltic capital cities in the residential real estate market despite changed conditions as a result of the coronavirus crisis, according to Swedbank’s latest Baltic Housing Affordability Index released September 17. “During the second quarter of 2020, the Baltic economies, like the rest of the world, were hit by the corona crisis. In the housing markets of the…

Lithuania extends refund deadline to cushion travel agencies

Friday, May 22, 2020

Travel agencies will have 90 days instead of two weeks to refund people whose travel plans have been affected by the coronavirus crisis, Lithuania’s parliament has decided. The exception to the usual period of refund will only apply in cases of war, emergency situation, military mobilisation, quarantine or international travel bans. The amendment to the Civil Code was passed on Thursday with a vote of 61 to 11, with 32…

Coronavirus crisis complicates workforce question in rural Latvia

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Even with increased unemployment in the first half of 2020, seasonal rural jobs still lack the necessary workforce with certain skills at certain times, reports Latvian Radio. Farmers are particularly concerned about the beginning of the harvest period in the middle of summer, when guest workers would normally be recruited. Jānis Straģis, the owner of the farm “Krišjāņi” near Bauska, told Latvian Radio that this spring, the problem of workforce shortages…